Cancer Deaths Are Down -- And Up
Menthol cigarette smokers have a harder time quitting. New data shows that smoking menthols decreases the likelihood of smokers being able to quit for a year by 53%, and 28% for quitting for just one month.
34.5: Percentage of American adults who have not visited a dentist in at least a year
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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A diagnosis of HIV used to be considered a looming death sentence, but new data shows the mortality gap closing between persons with HIV and the general population.
The five-year mortality risk among HIV patients entering care between 1999 and 2004 was 14.5%, but dropped to 5% between 2011 and 2017. The general population's five-year mortality risk between 1999 and 2005 was almost 3.5%, down to roughly 2% between 2011 and 2017.
Arrector pili: The small muscle associated with individual hair follicles that enables hair to stand on end
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